Nowadays, most parents are trying to inculcate great personal hygiene habits to their kids. It is apparent that by teaching kids personal grooming, they grow up to be more confident and live healthier lives. However, the problem is that many kids are often busy with many activities, including school work, games, or just exploring their environment such that they become reluctant to take care of themselves well. One of the necessary life skills every child needs to learn is how to brush their teeth properly. Amidst the distractions, it is possible for parents to help their kids cultivate the habit of brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Let’s look at some of the tips that will encourage kids to practice great oral hygiene!
- Implement a routine and stick to it
One of the best ways to teach your kids to brush their teeth is to start a routine. For instance, you may decide that your kids brush their teeth first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed. Nevertheless, bear in mind that starting a routine won’t count if you do not stick to it. Thus, no matter how tired you or the kids are after a long day, make sure the kids brush their teeth at the expected time. By so doing, they will get used to the practice.
- Let your kids choose their mouth care products
Another way to get your kids to always brush their teeth is by letting them choose their mouth care products such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash etc. That said, you should take your kids out for shopping and make recommendations to them, while allowing them to make their choice. For instance, kids may be interested in choosing toothbrushes that represent their favourite cartoon character. Also, they may find particular flavours of toothpaste more appealing. The truth is that once they choose their own items, brushing their teeth will become fun and interesting.
- Show appreciation for good brushing behavior
You can encourage your kids to brush their teeth by appreciating them whenever they do it well. The trick to achieving this is to determine what motivates them. Is it a sticker, a few coins or bedtime stories? Well, go with the option that excites your kids and watch them develop more interest in oral care. Moreover, little words of appreciation like ‘I’m proud of you’ will go a long way to motivate them.
- Make brushing a family affair
Above all, by making brushing a family affair, your kids will be more interested in brushing their teeth. Bear in mind that kids always love imitating adults. Hence, it’s up to you to set a good example for them to follow. Brushing as a family is fun and it’s also an opportunity for the family to bond. Remember that the family that brushes together always smile together!